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AND after I had wandered ajar throughout the whole length
Zj of this hoary land of Egypt and witnessed divers more \ curious things, I turned my steps homeward to my good friends, who sit in eternal meditation on the edge of the Libyan Desert.
"Tell me, 0 wise Sphinx!" I cried, "whither I may go to rest my tired feet, which seem to have wfllked enow along the dusty road ojlife?"
And the Sphinx made response:
"Ask thy question of the One whose lonely child I am, whose womb brought me forth to endure the sorrowful bufferings of this world. For I am Man himself, and yonder is my mother, Earth. Ask her/"
So I trod on a little farther and came to the Great Pyramid. And I went inside the dark passage and crawled down into the deep bowels of the earth, into the dismal subterranean vault itself.
And I uttered the pass-words of greeting, according to my instruction from the seventh verse of the sixty-fourth chapter of the most ancient book in all Egypt:
"Hail! Lord of the Shrine Which Standeth in the Middle of the Earth!"
Thereupon I sat down on the rocky floor and plunged my mind into its own native quietude, patiently wditing for an answer.
When at last the Great One, the Master of the Divine House} made his appearance, I begged him to lead me into the presence of She who is called "The Mistress of the Hidden Temple" who is none other than the Living Soul of Our Earth.
And the Master yielded to my strong entreaty and conducted me through a secret door into the Temple which lieth hid hereabouts. The divine Mother received me most graciously, yet remained seated at a distance, and bade me state my request.
To her I repeated my enquiry:
"Tell me, 0 Mistress of the Hidden Temple, whither I may go to rest my tired feet, which seem to have walked enow along the dusty road of life?'9